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Take-out Chinese food recipes

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

Homemade Chinese Take-Out

In these tough economic times, one of the first things to get axed from your budget may be eating out or ordering in. Instead of giving up your favorite Chinese take-out dishes, prepare them at home with these can't-miss recipes.

Chicken and Vegetable Chow Mein

Makes 8 servings

1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoon cider vinegar
2 boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 tablespoons oil
3 carrots, sliced on the diagonal
3 large ribs celery, sliced on the diagonal
2 scallions, sliced on the diagonal
1 can chow mein noodles

1. In a small bowl, stir together cornstarch, sugar, broth and vinegar. Set aside.

2. Saute chicken in hot oil for 2 to 3 minutes or until cooked through. Remove chicken with a slotted spoon and add carrots, celery and scallions. Cook until crisped.

3. Add cornstarch mixture to skillet and cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until thick and well-combined. Mix in chicken and cook until heated. Serve over rice and top with noodles.
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